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Photographer: Lily Engelmaier Stylist & Make-up: Jasmine Gu Model: Kathy Chen Coat & Top by Jasmine Gu


Project Brief Began with the inspiration from Greek tragedy, my seminar research broadens and specifies the final studio theme. The final garment makes a statement on the power of human will. Contrary to the concept of “destined fate� as believed by ancient Athens and as conveyed through the great tragedy Oedipus the King by Sophocles, my seminar research demonstrates that the belief changes in history, due to the constantly evolving factors in scientific, religious, political, social, economic, and psychological fields. As I claimed in my seminar paper, this change is cheerful and important, so that we can understand more about our current mind status, and focus more on the modern psychological struggles.


“Man’s struggle used to be with the gods, but now it is with himself, his own past.” —— Eugene O’Neill

Photographer: Lily Engelmaier Stylist & Make-up: Jasmine Gu Model: Kathy Chen Coat & Top by Jasmine Gu


Design Concept I design the coat with contemporary and asymmetrical silhouette, which emphasizes the importance of the present moment. The asymmetry is unconventional. I want to use the silhouette to reflect a liberate mind state, that we can still feel the spirit of freedom when wearing a garment that does not follow the socially constructed rules. The hallow circle that cuts the fabric is a metaphor of breaking through, a symbol of an outlet of ideas, creation, and emotion. The black color connects the garment back to Ancient Greece, as it echoes with the mood of tragedy, which not only expresses sadness, but more importantly, a sense of solemnity and magnificence. It also gives the look a sentimental feeling and a history.

The strapless top is made out of silk. The soft and elegant material contrasts with wool, while working harmoniously together. I manipulated the fabric to make a knot at the front. The meaning of the knot is closely related to my third paragraph in my essay – the internalization of the external conflict with God due to rapid urbanization and the alienation of labors. The knot is a visualization of internal conflict, as O’Neill claimed, “[man’s] struggle used to be with the gods, but now it is with himself, his own past”.

For the photoshoot, I collaborated with two other artists – the photographer Lily Engelmaier and the model Kathy Chen. I want to create a blend of classic and modernity, elegance and strength in the concept photos. The free movement of the model in front of Greek marbles at the Metropolitan Museum of Art grounds the photos with its ancient root while suggesting contemporary interpretation.


“God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him.”

—— Friedrich Nietzsche

Dionysian liberation  
Dionysian liberation  
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